Meet our crew, our greatest asset. There are ten of us here year-round, joined by 25 more over the summer season.
Lots of our crew scuba in for a season, then find they simply can’t leave… We don’t do “goodbyes” round here; we just say “see you later”... and if you want to work for us, check out how we play, and send your cv to email@example.com
Jeroen Jongejans Owner and Director
Jeroen is “Boss” but he still fills tanks and answers phones. Mr Perpetual Positive Energy, Jeroen has lived on the Tutukaka Coast, running dive operations, for nearly thirty years (so he’s almost a local!). Sinking the HMNZS Tui and Waikato just off the coast was Jeroen’s idea, and wreck divers have been thanking him ever since. Jeroen is a committed lobbyist for World Heritage Status for the Poor Knights and an advocate for Marine Reserves and National Parks around New Zealand. Sustainability is his passion; a bit of a hippy really!
Kate Malcolm Owner, Sales and Marketing/Instructor
Kate does the advertising, marketing and media relations (and this website!) as well as sales, bookings and handling general enquiries. Kate mans the phone and the emails, and does all those boring office-y things (like invoices, Health & Safety, Operations Manager, general administration) In her spare time, and if she’s been good, they even let her go diving. She is like Mum.
Esther Malcolm Family Founding Staff Member
Part of the Family in the family run business - she was hiding in the dive shop drawers when she was two, now she is on the water and working in Shore Base. A degree in Politics, Media Communications with Human Resources, this could be the future....
Darren Spratt Skipper / Instructor
Darren crewed for a couple of seasons before heading to Port Douglas and working on the Great Barrier Reef. We thought it was time he came home and convinced him to get his skipper ticket and work the Poor Knights. You could say he was Head Hunted!
Steven Bowen Skipper, Staff Instructor, Health and Safety Rep
Originally from Wales, spent a while teaching in the South Island, then he travelled the world in his yacht, before settling here in Tutukaka. He has taught a few All Blacks to dive, and now is mainly skippering any of our boats, looking after the H&S of our team, and making a massive and positive contribution to our culture.
Jack Terei Skipper and Divemaster
Cap'n Jack has been sailing these seas for several years, and is a quiet favourite with pretty much everyone. He does the best bombs, tells the best stories, and has the kindest heart.
Dave Armstrong Staff Instructor, Operations Manager
Irish Dave will be guiding you underwater, taking you on a Discover Scuba, or completing your training. Dave is a Senior Staff Instructor and is moving nicely into an Operations Management role. You will see him on the water, teaching, and also running logistics shoreside. He tells limericks.... they can be funny.
Stephen Hemstalk Course Director / Skipper
Originally from the UK, now here in Tutukaka, has a penchant for teaching, and is our famous resident Course Director. Steve is also a skipper and runs the dive boats as well as the training centre at Shed 7. One of our many talented photographers, he is also a Les Mills GRIT Instructor - so he keeps us fit!
Sophie Roselt Staff Instructor, Skipper
Sophie started on Perfect Day and did all her training with us. She has an infectious passion for the environment, and you can't help but smile when she is around. An experienced multi-tasker, she works in the shop, guiding and teaching courses, Staff Instructor on the dive boats, and as a Hostess on Perfect Day, she is now a Skipper, and in Tutukaka year round.
Kevin Delonge Skipper Instructor
Kevin drives our live-aboard vessel RV Acheron, and spends more time than most at the Poor Knights. Originally from the UK, he makes a wicked lamb curry.
Chris Sheath Staff Instructor, Skipper-in-Training
Chris is from Manchester originally, but a Tutukaka-ian now, he is on the Teaching staff, and crewing, and has a really good eye for underwater photography. His Insta feed is worth a follow, @chrissheath4 and he is currently training to be a skipper - Buddy up with him, and he will show you his underwater world.
Ale Aires Veleda Instructor and Skipper
Ale has literally sailed the seven seas, and seems to have salt in her veins! She is an instructor with us and is working towards skippering and running our boats. She has a gorgeous yacht of her own she lives on and you will find her bubbly personality contagious on the dive boats.
Lisa Sutherland Divemaster
Lisa is a local lass who has travelled the world, and come back home with an amazing skill set - and has focussed her passion on the underwater world. Friendly and great at spotting the cool things underneath - you will see her both in-water, and in the shop shoreside.
All the girls! Mermaids.
This season 2018-2019 's lovely mermaids!